If you hadn’t known, Jesscia Handloff, a second-year student in our program, is this year’s CRDM graduate research assistant for the NCSU Libraries Makerspace. Continuing the Makerspace program that was first launched in 2013 with the opening of Hunt Library, the D. H. Hill Library opened its own Makerspace this past June. According to Chris Tonelli, Director of Communication Strategy of the NCSU libraries, “[i]n this space, the Libraries continues to focus on 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, and electronics prototyping, while adding new tools such as sewing and soldering and emphasizing hands-on access.”
Jessica has been working with the space since the beginning of this past summer and has helped develop and deliver presentations and workshops, etc. She has received high praise from Adam Rogers, Emerging Technology Services Librarian, “Jessica has already established herself as a crucial member of the D.H. Hill Makerspace team. She has enriched the Makerspace with excellently designed learning resources, supported students and faculty in learning the processes and tools of making in innovative ways, and identified great opportunities for collaboration with her CRDM cohort and its faculty.” Those of us in CRD704 can attest to her excellent work on introducing us to the Makerspace and facilitating our collaborative projects as well as pushing us to reflect more on the concept of critical making.
Jessica is the first recipient of this assistantship. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from East Carolina University and is a former U.S. Army Captain. Her research focuses on media technologies, Kittler, and war.